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Benjamin Britten on Camera

  • 2013
  • Music

Summary

Britten was one of the great classical composers of the broadcasting age and his music was regularly performed on radio and TV throughout his working life. This documentary outlines his broadcasting legacy by meeting some of the musicians he wrote for, visiting the Suffolk coast that inspired so much of his work, and hearing from the producers who brought his music to millions. With contributions by David Attenborough, Michael Crawford, Humphrey Burton and soprano April Cantelo. Narrated by James Naughtie.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

As much as anything, this look back at programmes devoted to Benjamin Britten over the years reveals how times have changed in arts broadcasting. It's hard to imagine today's BBC giving quite as much screen time to a contemporary composer's 50th birthday, for instance, or commissioning a new “television opera”. But despite Britten's unease with the medium, television kept returning to his work and the clips here are fascinating, not least a very funny parody by Dudley Moore.

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Cast

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NarratorJames Naughtie
ContributorDavid Attenborough
ContributorMichael Crawford
ContributorHumphrey Burton
ContributorApril Cantelo

Crew

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DirectorAndy King-Dabbs
ProducerAndy King-Dabbs

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